Ascites in the Elderly

  • Nages Nagaratnam
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
  • Gary Cheuk
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The pathophysiology of ascites is complex. The complications of cirrhosis include ascites, varices, hepatic encephalopathy, hepatocellular carcinoma, hepato-pneumonic syndromes, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and hepatorenal syndrome. The review discusses the pathophysiology of ascites and the recent advances in the clinical management.


Ascites Cirrhosis of the liver Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis Malignant ascites 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nages Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Gary Cheuk
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of SydneyWestmead Clinical SchoolWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation and Aged Care ServiceBlacktown-Mt Druitt HospitalMount DruittAustralia

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